Mar 03 Sunday
The Choir will present five chorales from J. S. Bach’s St. John Passion to commemorate the 300th anniversary of this cultural monument. Interspersed will be a selection of other pieces contemplating themes of love and sacrifice by Jacobus Gallus Handl, John Ireland, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Maurice Duruflé. For the second half of the program, the ensemble will perform The Courage for Love, a five-movement work composed by the group’s new artistic director, Dr. Richard Waters, professor of music and director of choral activities at Eastern Kentucky University. Featuring the poetry of Wendell Berry, The Courage for Love was originally scored for choir, soloists, and chamber orchestra; the Kentucky Bach Choir’s performance will feature a new version for string quintet and piano. Dr. Curtis Streetman, who sang the bass solo for the work’s premiere in 2020, will return as the soloist for this performance.
Mar 09 Saturday
SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 20247:30 PMMÉLISSE BRUNET, Music Director
Mavericks on Saturday, March 9th at the Singletary Center for the Arts celebrates the independent spirit, individuality, courage, and innovation of artists. The concert begins at 7:30PM with the Kentucky premieres of the two co-commissioned works Cold Mountain Suite by Jennifer Higdon and then Bohemian Queen by Clarice Assad featuring trumpet soloist Mary Elizabeth Bowden. The program concludes with Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s audience-favorite Symphony No. 4 that evokes strong emotion and breaks the “compositional mold”. Prior to Mavericks, join us for a free pre-concert lecture with Music Director Mélisse Brunet for an exclusive, in-depth look Inside the Score at 6:30PM in the Presidents Room. Seating is limited, so arrive early!
Tickets on sale now at lexphil.org/mavericks
Mar 14 Thursday
Take3 - Where Rock Meets Bach
With a flair for the wild and unexpected, the genre-defying trio, TAKE3, brings the refinement of a rigorous classical music background and infuses it with rock-star charisma. With training at the World’s top conservatories, TAKE3, created by violinist/vocalist Lindsay Deutsch (Yanni’s featured violin soloist), alongside cello and piano, are creating some of the most exciting and refreshing pop/rock/classical fusion music anywhere in the World.
Whether they are rockin’ the Bach or are classically infusing the favorites of The Beatles, Bieber, or Coldplay, TAKE3 are nothing short of exhilarating and have electrified audiences at venues and events including Music in the Mountains, Redlands Bowl, OK Mozart Festival, Festival Mozaic, Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill, and Bear ValleyMusic Festival.
Mar 17 Sunday
Lexington Chamber Chorale's Miniature Masterpieces II
From Renaissance Italy to the English-speaking 20th century comes the Chorale’s second Miniature Masterpieces concert. American composer Morten Lauridsen’s light-filled requiem Lux Aeterna opens the program featuring the talents of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra. The Chorale continues with English composer Ralph Vaughn Williams’ beautiful Serenade to Music which features the solo voices of the Chorale and accompanist Cully Bell.
Featuring Lux Aeterna by Morten Lauridsen with members of the Central Kentucky Youth OrchestraSunday, March 17, 2024,5:00 p.m.Second Presbyterian Church
Tickets: general $25 and students $10 at the door and at lexingtonchamberchorale.org.
May 18 Saturday
SATURDAY, MAY 18, 20247:30 PMMÉLISSE BRUNET, Music Director
LexPhil’s powerful season finale opens with the Kentucky premiere of Soul of Remembrance, the second movement of composer and pianist Mary D. Watkins’ Five Movements in Color for full orchestra. Watkins describes Soul of Remembrance as “the collective moan of a profound grief felt by the newly-arrived Africans, who found themselves in a strange land, dealing with the loss of the only life they had known and leaving behind the comforts of family and friends.”
Then, a highlight of the season, LexPhil will present the world premiere of Composer-in-Residence Shawn E. Okpebholo’s Two Black Churches, a LexPhil co-commissioned arrangement for full orchestra featuring acclaimed baritone Will Liverman. This poignant work, originally scored for piano and baritone and commissioned by Will Liverman, reflects on the racist attacks on the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963, and the Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015. The season concludes with Saint-Saëns triumphant Symphony No. 3, known as the “Organ Symphony,” featuring the resonant power of Singletary Center’s pipe organ.
Prior to Two Black Churches, join us for a free pre-concert lecture with Music Director Mélisse Brunet for an exclusive, in-depth look Inside the Score at 6:30PM in the Presidents Room. Seating is limited, so arrive early!
Tickets on sale now at lexphil.org/two-black-churches
Jun 09 Sunday
Lexington Chamber Chorale's Past and Present Miniature Masterpieces
Kentucky’s composers and poets of past and present populate the Chorale’s final season concert, Past and Present Miniature Masterpieces. A time-honored Chorale tradition, this blending of spoken word and song pays tribute to the musical and literary history of Kentucky with an eye on its present and future. This free concert, in the beautiful outdoor setting at Ashland, concludes with a preview of repertoire for our 2024-2025 season.
Sunday, June 9 (rain date on June 10) 2024, 5:00 p.m. Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate